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VA Therapy m Shreveport's Veterans Administration Hospital is proud of its physical therapy service which serves 50-55 patients each day. The Hubbard Tank designed for burn victims is in operation seven days a week. Veteran Charlie Davis is pictured receiv-ing this therapy. (Journal Photo by Marc Menasco) Physical Therapy Department Active By ANN DEMENT Journal Medical Writer One of the most active departments in the VA hospital is Physical Therapy with 50-55 patients a day receiving it's services. Three therapists and two assistants give patients all types of physical ex-ercise and educate them on procedures which can be done at home. Physical therapy provides special programs for the emphysema patient, VA and Med School VA hospital administrator L. M. Frazier Jr. (left) and Dr. Ike Muslow, dean of Louisiana State University School of Medicine in Shreveport, believe a federal facility and a state facility greatly enhances each other. In 1967 the medical school became affiliated with the VA. (Journal Photo by Marc Menasco) patient with chest surgery, heart at-tack victim as well as procedures for those with arthritis, orthopedic dis-orders, and burn victims. The length of each patient's therapy may be from 20 minutes to two hours. Special electric tilt tables are utilized for raising pa-tients who are weak from extended bed rest. The VA's Physical Therapy Depart-ment also conducts special diagnostic tests. It utilizes the electromyograph to aid in determining the extent of nerve and muscle damage. The VA also performs this particular test for pa-tients from the VA Hospital in Alexan-dria and Barksdale Air Force Base. OTHER EQUIPMENT in the Physical Therapy Department includes Ultra Sound, Popsicle Ice Massage, Hubbard Tank (for burn victims) and moist air stream cabinets (for arthritis patients). The PT Department serves as the clinical center for students in the School of Physical Therapy, LSU Medical Center in New Orleans. The Occupational Therapy Depart-ment has two separate programs - Psychiatric and Physical Disability. Approximately 70 patients are served each day by these programs. In the Physical Disability Program, the majority of the patients are stroke victims or arthrits patients. Emphasis is put on teaching them activities of daily living (ADD. Patients are con-tinually tested for progress and issued the appropriate adaptive equipment to assist them. THE PSYCHIATRIC Program is conducted by a team of specialists - psychiatrist, psychologist, sociologist, nurse and therapist. The team routinely evaluates the patient to determine when occupational therapy and corrective therapy will be given. Also there is a bedside Occupational Therapy Program for patients confined to bed. This program is designed for the patient in traction and includes evaluation for aids in ADL.
|Title||Physical Therapy Department Active|
Veterans Administration Hospital (Shreveport, La.)
Louisiana State University School of Medicine (Shreveport, La.)
Muslow, Ike A., 1926-
Frazier, L. M.
|Notes||Photo of L. M. Frazier and Dr. Ike Muslow. Photo of the Hubbard Tank, used for burn victims, at the Veterans Administration Hospital (Shreveport, La.)|
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|Source||Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center Shreveport Medical Library (http://lib.sh.lsuhsc.edu)|
|Coverage-Spatial||Shreveport (Caddo, La.)|
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